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When the Fear of Rejection Becomes too Strong…Fight it with Care | Soultiply TV Ep. 1

When the Fear of Rejection Becomes Too Strong...Fight it with CARE It’s so easy to fall into the too-cool-for-school way of living life. And for many people, it’s more than just a teenage phase.

In today’s inaugural episode of Soultiply TV, we are diving into the nitty-gritty of what it means to care, and how we can boost the amount of passion we feel in our own lives.

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Brittany Ritcher When the Fear of Rejection Becomes too Strong…Fight it with Care | Soultiply TV Ep. 1

In-Between Dreams? Here’s How to Use your In-Between Time to Gear Up to the Next Level…

In-Between Dreams? Here's How to Use your In-Between Time to Gear Up to the Next Level... | Soultiply with Brittany Ritcher | www. Soultiply.com “So, what have you been up to lately?”

There used to be a time in my life where if you asked me this question, my stomach would drop. I began to DESPISE anyone who ventured onto this dreaded topic. Usually I would stutter and stammer, trying desperately to sound casual, until eventually I would reply with the classic conversation-ending response, “Oh…nothing much.”

It’s not that I hated that people were interested in my life – not at all! I was thankful to have friends and family who actually gave a damn about me and my endeavors. What I hated was how that question made me feel. I hated the fact that I had no clue what I wanted to do with my life. It was hard to hide behind that little question. Instead, it just made me realize how disappointed I was with myself and what my life had become.

Does this sound even a teeny-tiny bit familiar?

Looking back on it, I realize that this phase of my life was one of the most CRUCIAL times that I have ever, or will ever experience. Although it felt like nothing was happening and I had no direction, this phase in my life set me up for everything that I would aspire to be in the future. And now I like to refer to this special phase as The In-Between Time .

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Brittany Ritcher In-Between Dreams? Here’s How to Use your In-Between Time to Gear Up to the Next Level…

DIY Simple Life: How to Craft a Daily Routine that Uplifts & Energizes You

DIY Simple Life How to Craft a Daily Routine that Uplifts & Energizes You It’s that time of the year again, folks. People are starting to get the sniffles.

I was stuck at home for two days this past week fighting off a nasty cold myself.

And although I would have much rather spent that time getting some real work done, there is one tiny silver lining to a sick day stuck at home.  As I was cuddled up with 4 different blankets (no joke!), and a nose to rival Rudolphs’, I couldn’t help but realize how it takes catching a no-good virus to get me to slow down and rest a bit.

Sometimes, when you have a low-grade fever and absolutely ZERO energy, you can experience a serene sense of calm that’s hard to achieve during the hustle and bustle of a normal day. The other things just don’t seem to matter – all you are focused on is resting and feeling your best again. I always feel extremely connected to my body and spirit when I feel ill, my mind just isn’t up to the task of dealing with the usual worry and chatter.

In fact, I remember back in my acting days , I would give some of my best performances when I had a fever. I just didn’t CARE how I was doing, so the performance was natural and uninhabited.

Strange, right?

But living a direct and simple life doesn’t have to be a byproduct of catching a cold. In fact, it might be one of the greatest things we can do to help us stay healthy, sane, and focused on the things that matter most.

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Brittany Ritcher DIY Simple Life: How to Craft a Daily Routine that Uplifts & Energizes You

It Only Takes a Moment: Using the Manageable Moments Exercise to Jump Start your Dreams

It Only Takes a Moment Using the Manageable Moments Exercise to Jump Start your Dreams | Soultiply with Brittany Ritcher Have you had an item collecting dust on your to-do list for quite some time?

Honestly, I think there are a few items on mine that have been sitting there for weeks, maybe even months.

Sometimes you get to an item on your to-do list and it’s hard not to look like a deer caught in headlights. You stare at it. And stare at it. And you break out into a cold sweat and stare at it some more.

Because the next task on your to-do list is SO monumental, SO huge and important, that you have no idea how to make it happen.

And it’s easy to get uncomfortable and discouraged, and want to take a nap instead, or watch reruns of Full House, or any number of mindless, “filler” activities that pass the time, allowing yourself to procrastinate on your dreams.

And then, months from now, when you are still feeling stuck, you start to feel dejected because you are not seeing actual progress and your dream still feels SO FAR AWAY.

Daydreaming is nice, but living a dream feels SO MUCH BETTER.

I’ve been there my friend.

The guilt that manifests from inaction use to consume me. I felt like I was wasting time, like precious time was slipping away from me every moment I spent feeling lost on how to accomplish my dreams.

And that’s when it hit me.

Every time I pull up my calendar, or add a new thing to my to-do list, I’m essentially searching for the most effective use of my TIME. I was making the decision on how I wanted to spend my MOMENTS on earth.

Time is just a series of moments.

Something can take a year to accomplish or a minute – but no matter the time frame, they are both comprised of singular moments, one after one, that continue to add up until the project is complete.

And as long as you fill each moment to the brim with inspired activity, you will start to see change.

Decades or years sound very scary sometimes. But moments – those are easy! We can handle moments.

In order to create the change you crave in your life, you must break down every big dream into MANAGEABLE MOMENTS.

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Brittany Ritcher It Only Takes a Moment: Using the Manageable Moments Exercise to Jump Start your Dreams

Friends with (BUSINESS!) Benefits PART THREE: The Observer

Friends with Business Benefits The Observer For me, friends are those earth angels who sometimes know you better than you know yourself.

So why do we sometimes fight so hard to keep our friends and our professional lives separate?

If you want to reach any level of professional success, you’ll need strong friendships to help get you there.

But sometimes, when it comes to matters of success, income and reputation – we don’t feel comfortable risking  our personal relationships for business gain.

In this Soultiply blog series, we’ve been exploring the 4 top archetypes of personal to business relationships, and the best ways to transition through them for professional success.

Here’s the breakdown:

For a young professional, oftentimes your career is your heart and soul. So think of an Observer friendship as the blood that keeps the heart thumpin’ and pumpin’! Let’s delve deep into what it means to be a great friend and business Observer…

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Brittany Ritcher Friends with (BUSINESS!) Benefits PART THREE: The Observer

Friends with (BUSINESS!) Benefits PART TWO: The Light Bulb

Friends with Business Benefits The Light Bulb In business, you can’t do it alone.

You can either A) Desperately try to control everything and never ask for help from others (any of my control freaks relate?? Why do we do this to ourselves?! B) Work with random people who have no sense of your vision, or C) Find people who inspire us, understand our dream language, and help us reach those goals while enjoying the process along the way.

I’ll take C – please and thank you!

And oftentimes, the people that fit the bill ALREADY EXIST in your life.

They are right in front of your nose for crying out loud!

They are your best friends!

But sometimes navigating the blurry line between personal and business relationships can be a difficult task, so in this series we are looking at the top 4 archetypes of personal to business relationships, and the best ways to transition them for professional success. We will take a look at:

Today we are going to get down and dirty with a group that I like to call The Light Bulbs…full of luminous possibility – within a limited time span.

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Brittany Ritcher Friends with (BUSINESS!) Benefits PART TWO: The Light Bulb

How to Stand Strong Behind your Work & Art, Even when it’s Scary

Create How To Stand Strong Behind your Work & Art Even when it's scary | Soultiply with Brittany Ritcher Well, I didn’t get a lot of sleep last night…soooo…

Well, I didn’t have very much time to prepare…soooo…

Well, I wasn’t really invested in this idea anyway …sooo…

Sound familiar?

We dish these lines out like they are candy on Halloween.

The moment we come in contact with anything that we truly want, anything that makes us start shakin’ in our boots, anything that makes our hearts start to pound with excitement – we freak. We start to formulate the excuses that will buffer ourselves against the possibility of failure.

We can be afraid to put our name on our own work, afraid to say “This is my love, my life, my passion. THIS IS THE BEST I CAN DO AND I AM PROUD OF IT.”

Has this ever happened to you? Lord knows it used to happen to me.

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Brittany Ritcher How to Stand Strong Behind your Work & Art, Even when it’s Scary

When I Have a Tough Time Feeling Accomplished, I Do these 5 things first | Soultiply with Brittany Ritcher

Yesterday afternoon I sat down at my computer for some well-deserved Soultiply time.

I had woken up, made my smoothie, went to the gym to workout with my lovely boyfriend, (Friends at home still following the Mind, Body & Soultiply Quest ? I hope you are ready for some healthy motivation!) showered and was ready to work.

But the moment I sat down to crank out some serious inspired writing, I felt myself coming up short. I knew what I wanted to talk about, but it felt like fatigue was barreling over me like a runaway train. My mind was spinning; I just couldn’t concentrate, let alone come up with any worthwhile or helpful ideas. So I took a nap instead, and ended up feeling crabby for the rest of the day, frustrated that I couldn’t use my scarce, uninterrupted spare time to create something wondrous and helpful for my Soultiply readers.

Sleep, rest, and relaxation just seem so secondary when it comes to the amazing work that I want to share with the world, all the goals that I want to accomplish, all the people that I want to help. Who needs all the other stuff when you have that to look forward to every day?!

But that’s where I was VERY wrong, my friends.

Because I woke up this morning and I still felt caught in a creative rut. None of the whining and guilt of last night helped remove ANY of that crap.

But this time, I embraced the feeling (instead of moping around and rejecting it) and I thought, “What can I do to get around this? What do I, Brittany Ritcher, NEED today?”

And the answer popped into my brain the very moment that I allowed it – I needed to enjoy some nature, go on a nice walk through the park, and take some well-deserved downtime.

And I did exactly that.

I rounded up the boyfriend and said, “Let’s take a walk through Prospect Park!” He had never been before and it had been 5 years since I had ventured to the area, so we packed up our things and had an impromptu, adventurous day.

We saw rolling hills, dogs splashing around in the lake, small children running through the grass and enjoying the sunshine. We both found a shady spot next to a creek to relax for an hour (seriously, it didn’t even feel like the city!) and it was exactly what the doctor ordered. I felt inspired and rejuvenated upon my return.

I think as many young professionals and burgeoning entrepreneurs might relate to, it can be hard to find a stopping point in regards to our careers.

When your success is up to you, there is ALWAYS more work to be done and never enough time to do it. Especially when you are young and devoid of family responsibility, your free time is entirely up to you and your dreams are just an arm’s length away.

I remember back when I was acting , it was always so difficult for me to find a good stopping point, because there was always another audition that I could submit for, or more preparation that I could do for my character.

In fact, even now, the more I work on a project and feel inspired, the more new ideas I seem to come up with… I may cross off one thing from my to-do list, but I end up adding 3 more at the same time!

Trust me, these are delicious problems to have and I hope you have them too. But the real trick is finding the balance to stay on pace and keep your momentum, but without stumbling into the rut of good ole’ burnout.

I love to talk to my over-achievers out there .

Over-achievers oftentimes seem like they have it all figured out, but inside they may feel like their accomplishments are never enough.

Anyone else can relate?

Maybe you were the kid in school that none of your teachers worried about because they knew you were smart and could handle it. (You remember the days? Getting good grades because YOU wanted to, not because anyone was twisting your arm about it.) Maybe you try to express your frustration or doubts to others, but they scoff at you because they think it’s silly that someone as successful as you would have any worries about your future.

That’s a lot to handle alone. I want to give you the gift that can oftentimes be hard to give to yourself. I want you to stop, take a breath, and soak in the feeling of accomplishment.

First, what does it truly mean to feel accomplished?

For me, it’s when I recognize that I have made progress on something worthwhile . It’s hard to feel accomplished when you do something that you don’t care about, or something that you think is a waste of time. No, feeling accomplished comes when you conquer (or at least make progress) on something that sits near and dear to your heart, or something that is important to you and your ability to keep doing your best.

So here are 5 of my most tried-and-true ways to tap into your sense of accomplishment in order to give yourself the power you need to keep moving forward.

Brittany Ritcher When I have a tough time feeling accomplished, I do these 5 things first…

The Ultimate Tool for High-Achieving, IMPATIENT People

The Ultimate Tool for High-Achieving IMPATIENT People | Soultiply with Brittany Ritcher

So you are a go-getter, eh?

You earned good grades during school. Every day you write out your goals and to-do lists with fervor and you check off each completed task with pride. Your calendar is packed full with meetings and brunches and projects galore. You are a motivational junkie – you just can’t get enough because you know there is always more out there for you to achieve.

I feel ya! In fact… I’m right there with you!

But sometimes, there is a dark side to being a high-achiever. Sometimes the fast pace can trip you up. Sometimes it’s easy to get IMPATIENT when things slow down.

We just don’t know how to handle downtime! It isn’t in our DNA. It’s such a foreign idea, that when we do have that time to ourselves, we practically go nuts.

And it’s even worse when the downtime isn’t by choice. When the downtime comes because an idea of ours isn’t working as quickly as we would like, or we aren’t getting response on our latest endeavor, or GOD-FORBID we actually failed at something and we have to go back to the drawing board. If we don’t have something to show for ourselves in record time, we become discouraged because it doesn’t fit the standards we have set for ourselves. We’ve set the bar too high.

So how do you handle the downtime without driving yourself crazy?

The secret is learning to ALLOW. That’s all there is to it.

But I know a word like “allow” sounds really fluffy and vague and very very scary to anyone who keeps a tight schedule. So I’m going to give you 5 strategies to help you delve into the nitty-gritty of what it means to allow and how you can do it NOW .

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Brittany Ritcher The Ultimate Tool for High-Achieving, IMPATIENT People

9 Ways to Boost Career Happiness

9 Ways to Boost Career Happiness | Soultiply with Brittany Ritcher

Have you ever felt the real world give you a major SLAP IN THE FACE?

Owwww. Well… that hurt.

You know what I’m talking about – we’ve all had moments where our expectations about life were just blown out of the water, everything we thought to be true crumbled in a million little pieces and scattered off into the wind, never to be seen again…

For me, that moment came after college. It was the moment that I realized your career takes up a freakin’ LARGE AMOUNT OF YOUR LIFE.

In college – going to class, hanging with friends, studying for tests, going out to parties – these were all the activities that comprised a normal day. Life was busy, but everything was exciting and new.

I figured that when I graduated and started work, it would feel the same way, but instead of class it would be my place of employment. Not all that different, right?

So very wrong.

Staying in one building with the same people for 8…10… or 12 (sometimes longer!) hours a day turned out to be nothing like class. There are no mid-day naps. There’s rarely a change of pace. All of the sudden, you go home and realize that you only really have 4 hours or so until you start it all again . And even when you DO get home, it’s hard to keep all that work stuff from flooding your brain. There’s no off switch! Sometimes, you even DREAM about work in your sleep! Weekends go by too fast. There are no semesters to count the time. If you are unhappy in your career, this realization can feel like being hit over the head with a ton of bricks.

I learned EARLY on that if you spend the majority of your life at work, you better devote that time to a career that makes you happy.

Take a look at these 9 steps to finding happiness within your career, and start making those hours count!

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Brittany Ritcher 9 Ways to Boost Career Happiness